Browsing entries tagged with Snow

22 Mar 2016

Blackcomb to stay open until 30 May

Blackcomb to stay open until 30 May

The Canadian ski resort of Blackcomb Mountain in British Columbia has had so much snow this season, it will remain open until 30 May. The announcement was made yesterday, after Whistler Blackcomb surpassed…

17 Mar 2016

Tibet plans world’s highest ski resort

Tibet plans world’s highest ski resort

China is set to build the world’s highest ski resort, near the capital city of Tibet, in the run-up to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. While exact details of the project are not yet known, the ski…

14 Mar 2016

Avalanche app launches in France

Avalanche app launches in France

A new, free ski app will give skiers and snowboarders information on avalanche risks, weather and snow quality across the French Alps and the Pyrenees in both France and Andorra. The app, called “Ski…

10 Mar 2016

Direct flight opens to Salt Lake City

Direct flight opens to Salt Lake City

British skiers will be able to fly direct to Salt Lake City next season, with a new route announced by Delta airlines for 2016/17. Skiers will be able to fly directly to Utah from London Heathrow for…

9 Mar 2016

Bell launches World Record ski attempt

Bell launches World Record ski attempt

Ski Sunday presenter and British Olympian Graham Bell is developing jet-powered skis with car-maker Jaguar, in an attempt to become the fastest man on skis. The World Record attempt, which will take place…

8 Mar 2016

Fireman lands dream ski job in Alaska

Fireman lands dream ski job in Alaska

Pro skier Matilda Rapaport and clothing brand Peak Performance have filled the “radical job” post they advertised in January. Clothing brand and sponsors of the World Freeride Tour, Peak Performance,…

1 Mar 2016

Big snowfalls across the southern Alps

Big snowfalls across the southern Alps

The predicted storm across the southern parts of the Alps has passed, leaving some parts of Northern Italy under an enormous white blanket. In last week’s snow report, our weather guru Fraser Wilkin…

23 Feb 2016

Verbier offers self-tracking drones

Verbier offers self-tracking drones

Fancy filming your skiing exploits with a self-tracking drone? While the use of drones is banned in some US ski resorts, Verbier is embracing the technology by offering Europe’s first self-tracking drones.…

11 Feb 2016

Time to send your ski resort reports

Time to send your ski resort reports

With great snow conditions currently on offer in the Alps and US in time for half-term (read today’s snow report here), our thoughts start to turn to Where to Ski and Snowboard 2017 (yes, scary). Editor…

10 Feb 2016

Skiing costs more as sterling falls

Skiing costs more as sterling falls

Bad news for skiing families this half term — the value of sterling has fallen by more than 10 per cent in the past two months. According to the Post Office Travel Money, although prices are still lower…

3 Feb 2016

First Olympic test events in South Korea

First Olympic test events in South Korea

The first Winter Olympic test events will be held this week in South Korea, two years ahead of PyeongChang 2018. The men’s Audi FIS Ski World Cup events will take place in Jeongseon over the weekend,…

2 Feb 2016

Ski resorts stop selling water bottles

Ski resorts stop selling water bottles

Two ski resorts in California have stopped selling bottled water. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows have launched an initiative called Drink Mountain Tap, which aims to reduce the number of single-use water…

29 Jan 2016

Snowboarders return envelope of cash

Snowboarders return envelope of cash

What would you do if you found an envelope stuffed with cash on a piste? Hopefully hand it in to police, which is what two Austrian men did when the found €16,000 (about £12,225) on a piste in Wagrain,…

28 Jan 2016

How big is a big French ski area?

How big is a big French ski area?

There’s been a lot of debate about the size of ski areas recently — but what does size actually mean? If you struggle to work out exactly how big 250km is (Serre Chevalier), 425km (Paradiski) or 600km…

22 Jan 2016

More development at Jackson Hole

More development at Jackson Hole

Jackson Hole has announced yet more investment for next season. A new eight-man gondola will replace the current Eagle’s Rest and Sweetwater lifts improving access to the nursery slopes and Casper area…

21 Jan 2016

Red Bull may pay for F1 ski stunt

Red Bull may pay for F1 ski stunt

Authorities in Austria may fine Red Bull for their stunt last week using a Formula 1 car in Kitzbühel. F1’s youngest-ever driver Max Verstappen tackled the Streif course in the Austrian ski resort,…

19 Jan 2016

Last chance to win ski flights with Monarch

Last chance to win ski flights with Monarch

With December’s snow drought firmly behind us in the Alps (with snow forecast all week and next weekend), we’ve teamed up with Monarch, one of the UK’s leading independent airline groups, to offer…

13 Jan 2016

Schoolchildren hit by avalanche

Schoolchildren hit by avalanche

An investigation is underway tonight following an avalanche in Les Deux-Alpes that has killed a Ukrainian skier and two schoolchildren. We understand that the schoolchildren had been skiing in a closed…

7 Jan 2016

Grab a bargain ski trip and enjoy the snow

Grab a bargain ski trip and enjoy the snow

With up to a metre of snow across the Alps in the past few days, and heavy snow continuing to fall for the foreseeable future, now is the time to book up your ski holiday. If you can snatch a last-minute…

6 Jan 2016

Heavy snow brings avalanche fatalities

Heavy snow brings avalanche fatalities

The snow has continued to fall this week, with many resorts already claiming a metre of the white stuff, with much more to come. The heaviest falls have been mainly in the northern French, and northern…

5 Jan 2016

Join a Bear Grylls camp in La Clusaz

Join a Bear Grylls camp in La Clusaz

Want to learn how to cope face-to-face with nature and survive in the snow for 24 hours, should the worst happen on the mountain? The French ski resort of La Clusaz will later this month play host to the…

4 Jan 2016

Second snow storm hits the Alps

Second snow storm hits the Alps

Last night, a second wave of snow hit the Alps, with some resorts receiving up to half a metre of snow overnight. “It’s good to have the snow back!” said Avoriaz tourist office on its facebook page.…

1 Jan 2016

Colorado launches ski Safety Month

Colorado launches ski Safety Month

Ski resorts across Colorado are to host a month-long series of programmes and activities to encourage skiers and snowboarders to keep safe on the slopes. National Safety Month takes place throughout January…

29 Dec 2015

Snow on its way for the Alps

Snow on its way for the Alps

The snow drought that has been plaguing the Alps might be coming to an end. Forecasts show a cold front approaching that will bring to an end the mild weather responsible for green slopes and closed pistes.…

27 Dec 2015

‘Don’t ski’ St Martin mayor urges locals

‘Don’t ski’ St Martin mayor urges locals

The mayor of French ski town Saint-Martin-de-Belleville has appealed to locals not to hit the slopes over New Year. With less than half of the Three Valleys ski area open, André Plaisance asked residents…

24 Dec 2015

Crystal launches celebrity skier quiz

Crystal launches celebrity skier quiz

Crystal Ski has launched a fun new online quiz “Which celebrity skier are you?” The news that Oprah Winfrey has just splashed out $14million on a new home in the Colorado ski resort of Telluride is…

17 Dec 2015

Skiing is big business in Colorado

Skiing is big business in Colorado

Skiing is big business in the States. A new study has shown that the ski industry in Colorado contributes $4.8 billion (£3.2 billion) to the state’s economy — and with some of the best conditions…

11 Dec 2015

Sella Ronda opens this weekend

Sella Ronda opens this weekend

The Sella Ronda in the Italian Dolomites opens both ways this Sunday, 13 December. “At the moment, the temperatures are low and the snow-making systems are producing snow,” said a statement from Dolomiti…

27 Nov 2015

Black Friday hits the ski slopes

Black Friday hits the ski slopes

Like it or not, Britain is currently in the grip of Black Friday, which also means money off ski holidays this year. Alpine Weekends is offering Where to Ski and Snowboard readers an extra £50 off its…

25 Nov 2015

Second snow storm arrives in the Alps

Second snow storm arrives in the Alps

In case it has escaped your notice, winter has arrived in the Alps. After weeks of warm, sunny weather, the forecast storms blew in over the weekend dumping up to 120cm of snow in places and delivering…

20 Nov 2015

Aldi launches 2015 skiwear range

Aldi launches 2015 skiwear range

Get ready for the annual dash for ski kit at budget supermarket Aldi, which this year says it can completely kit out an adult skier for just £59.94. Every year, Aldi includes ski wear in its regular “specialbuys”…

18 Nov 2015

VT postpones opening weekend

VT postpones opening weekend

The big storm forecast for the Alps, which might bring up to 1m of snow this weekend, has forced Val Thorens to postpone its opening. The French ski resort was due to open its lifts for the season this…

13 Nov 2015

Crans hosts single skiers’ weekend

Crans hosts single skiers’ weekend

The Swiss ski resort of Crans Montana is hosting a short break for single skiers at the end of January — at a fantastic price. The four-day, three-night trip from 22 to 25 January, has been put together…

12 Nov 2015

Storms allow US ski resorts to open early

Storms allow US ski resorts to open early

It may be pastures green in the Alps at the moment, but in North America, some ski resorts are planning to open early thanks to recent falls of snow. Last night, Aspen Snowmass in Colorado announced it…

10 Nov 2015

Skiers photobomb Obergurgl webcams

Skiers photobomb Obergurgl webcams

The Austrian ski resorts of Obergurgl and Hochgurgl open their lifts in two days, on Thursday 12 November. As a warm-up for the season, they’ve just released this footage of skiers “photobombing”…

2 Nov 2015

Davos opens earlier than ever before

Davos opens earlier than ever before

The ski resort of Davos became the first non-glacier resort in Switzerland to open some skiing this weekend, taking advantage of the early snowfall. The resort opened Totalp, or piste number 15, on Saturday…

1 Nov 2015

Colorado ski areas open for the season

Colorado ski areas open for the season

Two ski areas in Colorado have opened for business. Loveland and Arapahoe Basin, two resorts that pride themselves on long seasons, opened last Thursday. Thanks to more than a foot of natural snowfall…

19 Oct 2015

More glacier ski areas open in the Alps

More glacier ski areas open in the Alps

It has snowed again in the Alps, and more ski resorts are beginning to open! Skiers enjoyed fantastic conditions in Cervinia, Italy last weekend, with 120cm of snow on the 3,500m Plateau Rosà glacier…

13 Oct 2015

More snow falling in the Alps

More snow falling in the Alps

Social media has had another blast of snow pictures and videos as the weather has closed in across the Alps. Tignes has announced 80cm of snow since 25 September — 10cm of which fell last night — and…

8 Oct 2015

Tour op allows dogs on ski holidays

Tour op allows dogs on ski holidays

A tour operator has introduced a new service allowing skiers to take their dogs on holiday. VIP SKI has launched a “dogsalong” service in a handful of their chalets in Alpe d’Huez and Morzine in…

5 Oct 2015

Tignes awarded for environmental efforts

Tignes awarded for environmental efforts

The French ski resort of Tignes has become the world’s first ski area to be awarded a Green Globe certificate for its work towards improving the environment. The certificate was awarded for the efforts…

2 Oct 2015

Win ski kit from Peak Performance

Win ski kit from Peak Performance

Exclusive skiwear brand Peak Performance is re-launching in the UK this winter, and to celebrate it is running a pre-season warm-up competition. After a couple of years’ absence from the UK market, the…

29 Sep 2015

World’s first smart ski helmet launched

World’s first smart ski helmet launched

The world’s first smart ski helmet is being launched in Sydney, Australia. The helmet, called Forcite™ Alpine, will allow users to film their runs, communicate with friends on the slopes, take phone…

24 Sep 2015

Heavy snow falls across the Alps

Heavy snow falls across the Alps

The Stubai Glacier will open tomorrow, 25 September, thanks to fresh snow that has fallen across Europe. This picture was sent to us this morning by the tourist board in Tirol — it’s certainly got…

21 Sep 2015

Norway plans world’s biggest snow centre

Norway plans world’s biggest snow centre

Developers in Norway have been given the go-ahead to build the world’s biggest indoor ski centre, a six-storey complex just outside Oslo. Construction will start later this year on the project that will…

16 Sep 2015

School rules impacts family skiing

School rules impacts family skiing

School holiday restrictions have had an impact on family skiing, according to new consumer research by the Ski Club of Great Britain. The research, released this week, is based on responses from 15,000…

9 Sep 2015

Crystal reports growth in skiing

Crystal reports growth in skiing

Despite a hit-and-miss season, with below average snowfall, major transfer day issues in France and strange, changeable snow conditions, Crystal Ski Holidays has reported strong growth in its ski market.…

26 Aug 2015

Snowbombing spreads to Avoriaz

Snowbombing spreads to Avoriaz

Tickets have gone on sale for a new music festival in the Alps this season — with Dizzee Rascal as the headline act. Transition, a “sister” festival to Mayrhofen’s massively popular Snowbombing,…

31 Jul 2015

China is ‘skiing mad’ says Warren Smith

China is ‘skiing mad’ says Warren Smith

China will be an enthusiastic host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, says ski instructor Warren Smith, following the news that Beijing will host the Games, despite concerns about a lack of natural snow. China…

23 Jul 2015

Cut-price instructor guiding with Ski Club

Cut-price instructor guiding with Ski Club

The Ski Club of Great Britain will offer cut-price instructor-lead on and off-piste ski guiding in France this winter. The Ski Club was last winter forced to withdraw its popular Leading service following…

22 Jul 2015

City Ski Champs move to Verbier

City Ski Champs move to Verbier

The City Ski Championships is moving to Verbier this season — for the 17th year of the event. At a time when many companies are fleeing Switzerland because of rising prices, the event’s organiser,…

8 Jul 2015

Vote in the British Travel Awards

Vote in the British Travel Awards

Do you want to reward the tour operator you used last year for your ski holiday? Now’s your chance, with Ski Amis, Crystal Ski, Esprit Ski, Inghams and Ski Olympic among those companies nominated by…

29 Jun 2015

Alta defends snowboard ban again

Alta defends snowboard ban again

A ski resort in the USA has returned to court to defend its policy of banning snowboarders from its slopes. Alta Ski Area in Utah appeared at a federal appeals court in Salt Lake City last Friday, 26 June,…

22 Jun 2015

Tarentaise launches Alpine Legends pass

Tarentaise launches Alpine Legends pass

Three of France’s biggest ski areas are joining forces to offer a single pass. Following in the footsteps of US ski resorts which have combined to offer adventurous skiers and snowboarders a range of…

18 Jun 2015

Crystal offers family ski advice

Crystal offers family ski advice

Crystal Ski Holidays has launched a digital Family Guide to the Mountain, giving parents all the information they need to choose the right ski holiday. The guide offers family-specific information covering…

18 Jun 2015

Go midsummer skiing in Glencoe

Go midsummer skiing in Glencoe

Glencoe ski area in Scotland is planning a Midsummers Day ski this Sunday, 21 June in celebration of the Summer Solstice. There’s still plenty of spring skiing to be had in the Lochaber area of the Scottish…

17 Jun 2015

Summer skiing begins in Les 2 Alpes

Summer skiing begins in Les 2 Alpes

Summer skiing will get underway in France this weekend, when the largest skiable glacier in Europe opens its lifts. With 111 hectares of slopes on its glacier at 3,200m, Les Deux-Alpes leads the charge…

15 Jun 2015

Ski season switches hemispheres

Ski season switches hemispheres

One ski season ended this weekend, and another began — on the other side of the world.  After a massive eight-month season, Arapahoe Basin in Colorado, USA, closed its lifts yesterday, Sunday 14…

11 Jun 2015

St Anton ski shops guilty of price fixing

St Anton ski shops guilty of price fixing

Four ski shops in the Austrian resort of St Anton have been fined €419,200 (nearly £305,000) between them after being found guilty of fixing prices for the past 12 years. On 28 April, the Cartel Court…

10 Jun 2015

Hare gallantly outruns an avalanche

Hare gallantly outruns an avalanche

After all the shocking avalanche news from last winter, one heart-warming video of an avalanche has been circulating on social media in the past 24 hours. The video shows a hare dashing across a slide…

4 Jun 2015

New terrain planned for Lake Louise

New terrain planned for Lake Louise

Skiers are being asked to help shape the future of Lake Louise, Canada by commenting on the government’s development plans for the ski area. These plans include the addition of new terrain for all…

2 Jun 2015

Skiers complete Colorado epic

Skiers complete Colorado epic

Three skiers have secured their place in history by climbing and skiing Colorado’s 100 highest peaks, a project that has taken five years. Pro skier Chris Davenport together with husband-and-wife team…

28 May 2015

Inghams opens Chalet Hotel in Champoluc

Inghams opens Chalet Hotel in Champoluc

Inghams is to open a Chalet Hotel in Italian ski resort of Champoluc this winter. The four-diamond Chalet Hotel Champoluc is set at the skiers’ end of the village centre, in a virtually ski-in/ski-out…

22 May 2015

Neilson launches free ski coaching

Neilson launches free ski coaching

Neilson has become the latest ski tour operator to employ qualified instructors to guide its guests around resorts. The instructors will also offer free coaching in the half-day sessions, which are guaranteed…

21 May 2015

Skiers hit the powder in Araphoe Basin

Skiers hit the powder in Araphoe Basin

While UK skiers are wondering whether the weather will warm up sufficiently to get out the BBQ this weekend, it’s a different story for skiers in Colorado. Weeks after most ski resorts closed their lifts…

6 May 2015

Flooding damages ski lifts in Avoriaz

Flooding damages ski lifts in Avoriaz

A massive clean-up operation is underway in the French ski resort of Avoriaz after it was hit by serious flooding over the weekend. Torrential rain last week, combined with snow melt from the mountains,…

1 May 2015

Skiing continues in Val Thorens

Skiing continues in Val Thorens

The ski resort of Val Thorens in the Three Valleys, France has posted a nice advert for its current ski conditions – with more snow forecast over the weekend. The video snow report was posted onto YouTube…

29 Apr 2015

End-of-season freshies in Scotland

End-of-season freshies in Scotland

While most ski resorts have closed now — or are closing this weekend — there’s a surprising end-of-season celebration going on in Scotland at the moment. This morning, Cairngorm mountain reports…

24 Apr 2015

US resorts to tighten liability waivers

US resorts to tighten liability waivers

Ski resorts in Oregan, USA are considering asking skiers and snowboarders to sign tight liability waivers to protect themselves against lawsuits over injuries and deaths on the slopes. There are 10 ski…

21 Apr 2015

Siberian skiers break bikini record

Siberian skiers break bikini record

The weather might be unseasonably warm at the moment, but more than 1,800 skiers and snowboarders in Siberia took “stripping off” a little further this week to set a new world record for the most people…

10 Apr 2015

Austrian ski racer explodes in colour

Austrian ski racer explodes in colour

Four-time World Champion skier Marcel Hirscher took part in an extraordinary stunt for Red Bull last week — painting the slopes of his local resort technicolour. The Austrian champion skied down a specially…

9 Apr 2015

Fieberbrunn to link with Saalbach

Fieberbrunn to link with Saalbach

The Fieberbrunn ski area in Austria will be linked for next season with Saalbach Hinterglemm and Leogang, bringing the Ski Circus area up to 240km and linking the Tyrol and Salzburg areas. A 10-seater…

7 Apr 2015

Another top act to close Ischgl

Another top act to close Ischgl

It might be April, but the snow hasn’t stopped, and the Austrian resort of Ischgl is already gearing up to its season finale “Top of the Mountain” concert. The record-breaking US band Thirty Seconds…

3 Apr 2015

‘No snow’ insurance claims soar

‘No snow’ insurance claims soar

A massive number of “no snow” claims have been made by skiers so far this season, following a winter of very average snow conditions. Almost half (44%) of winter sports claims have been made for no…

1 Apr 2015

Ski resorts introduce “no sitting zones”

Ski resorts introduce “no sitting zones”

We all know that snowboarders love a sit down – often to the annoyance of everyone else on the piste. To combat this, some ski resorts have today announced they’ll be enforcing “no-sitting zones”,…

30 Mar 2015

Fresh warnings as Brit killed in the Alps

Fresh warnings as Brit killed in the Alps

There are fresh warnings for skiers and snowboarders to take care in the mountains, following the death of a British snowboarder in an avalanche this weekend. Heavy snow is forecast this week with a number…

24 Mar 2015

Grab an end-of-season bargain

Grab an end-of-season bargain

After weeks of spring sunshine, winter has returned to the Alps — heralding another fine end to the ski season. If you’ve not been out yet, or craving a second ski trip, now’s the time to grab a…

17 Mar 2015

Avoriaz hosts first snowball fight

Avoriaz hosts first snowball fight

Europe’s first snowball fight competition took place in the French ski resort of Avoriaz last week. Two teams of seven players lined up for the battle — looking remarkably like American footballers…

15 Mar 2015

Baqueira Beret extends its ski season

Baqueira Beret extends its ski season

The Spanish ski resort of Baqueira Beret is to extend its season by a week, thanks to huge amounts of snow this winter. The resort in the Valle de Aran, which this year celebrated its 50th anniversary…

12 Mar 2015

More US resorts join up ski passes

More US resorts join up ski passes

More ski resorts in North America have teamed up on collaborative season ski passes for next winter. Sun Valley in Idaho has joined the Mountain Collective and the Tahoe Local Pass will include skiing…

11 Mar 2015

Snowboarding on the wane says study

Snowboarding on the wane says study

Snowboarding is on the decline, according to a new survey from the US — but Burton is not deterred. Aging athletes, new skis and a lack of snow are all being blamed for a drop of 28 per cent drop in…

10 Mar 2015

More ski brands include RECCO

More ski brands include RECCO

Nine new ski and snowboard equipment brands are to include RECCO reflectors in their products next year — joining the list of 200 already using the technology. RECCO refloctors are permanently attached…

28 Feb 2015

Emergency centres set up in Moutiers

Emergency centres set up in Moutiers

Emergency centres have been set up in Moutiers to cope with skiers stranded because of the rockfall in Val Thorens. Yesterday afternoon (Friday, 27 February) a large rock fell onto the road down the valley…

26 Feb 2015

Skiing too fast blamed for injuries

Skiing too fast blamed for injuries

New research has shown that one in seven people who goes on a ski holiday comes back with an injury — with a quarter of people injured on the slopes admitting it was because they had been skiing too…

23 Feb 2015

Snowfalls bring more instability in the Alps

Snowfalls bring more instability in the Alps

Heavy snowfalls over the weekend across the Alps have brought yet more treacherous conditions, with two more fatal avalanches in France and Switzerland as more than half a metre of snow fell in some places.…

20 Feb 2015

Could you build a prize-winning igloo?

Could you build a prize-winning igloo?

A unique competition takes place in the Swiss ski resort of Adelboden next month — igloo building. The resort, which shares a ski area with nearby Lenk, will host its annual Igloo Festival on 14 and…

17 Feb 2015

Fat skis are hurting our knees

Fat skis are hurting our knees

Researchers in America are warning that fat skis could be damaging our knees. Originally designed to float in deep powder and for off-piste skiing on lesser gradient slopes, fat skis are now being used…

12 Feb 2015

Sun Peak extends its ski season

Sun Peak extends its ski season

The ski resort of Sun Peaks in Canada has announced an extension its winter season. The British Columbia resort has extended the season by a week from 6 to 12 April — to ensure locals will be able to…

11 Feb 2015

Find romance on the ski slopes

Find romance on the ski slopes

In case it had escaped your notice, Saturday is Valentine’s Day, and ski resorts around the world are running special events from chairlift speed dating to private gondola rides and even mass weddings.…

10 Feb 2015

Drought forces US ski resorts to close

Drought forces US ski resorts to close

Lack of snow is not just affecting skiing in Europe — the west coast of North America is experiencing the worst drought in years. This week ski resorts across California and even on in Alaska have closed…

9 Feb 2015

Excellent skiing ahead for half term

Excellent skiing ahead for half term

Snow is still falling today in the north-eastern Alps, but elsewhere the sun is shining after a week of massive snowfalls. Andermatt and Engelberg in Switzerland each report upper depths of 380cm this…

4 Feb 2015

Courchevel offers night in a cable car

Courchevel offers night in a cable car

Think you could sleep at 2,740m in the French Alps? If so, read on. The ski resort of Courchevel in the Three Valleys has teamed up with accommodation website Airbnb to offer four people the chance to…

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